RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A $4,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for abusing and killing a dog that was found in a suitcase near Z-dam in Pony Pasture Park Friday night.
Animal control officers located the suitcase in the 7700 block of Riverside Drive after receiving an anonymous tip over the phone.
When they arrived, they found the suitcase with a deceased 10-week-old female English bulldog mix puppy inside.
Initial necropsy reports show that the cause of death was traumatic physical abuse, but reports implied it was possible that the puppy was not dead before being placed in the case in the water.
“It’s scary that someone could have done this to an animal,” said RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters. “It’s sad that it happened especially since there are so many resources and alternatives for people.”
The police investigation is ongoing.
At this time it is unclear where the crime was committed, and police advised that it could have occurred outside of the City of Richmond.
“Nothing is too small for us to investigate and maybe all the little pieces will add up to something big,” Peters said.
If you would like to help, there are flyers available at the front desk of the Richmond Animal Control shelter located at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue for anyone who wishes to canvas local neighborhoods.
Otherwise, anyone with any information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
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